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DOWNEY, Joseph A., Jr. Of Scituate passed away January 19, 2013 at age 75. Born and raised in Milton and a resident of Scituate since 1968. A veteran of the Air Force, he was stationed in Germany and served during the Berlin Wall crisis. After a successful career in sales, he retired at age 55 and built a vacation home on Stage Island in Chatham. He spent the following years working in real estate, shell fishing and enjoying life. He was a master storyteller who could captivate any audience with his tales. He had a great respect for and knowledge of history. He loved the sun and the sea and spent many happy days in Chatham and Wellfleet. Joseph is beloved partner to Judy Rhodes of Scituate, devoted father of Catherine Flaherty and her husband Gavin of Boston, Joseph A. Downey, III and his wife Jean of Duxbury, and Michael A. Downey of Scituate, former husband of Deborah Downey of Scituate, brother of Peggy Brawley of Hopetown, Bahamas, William Downey of PA and the late Kathleen Downey, proud grandfather of Caiden and Jillian Downey of Duxbury, and survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd., SCITUATE on Thursday, January 24th at 9AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate at 10AM. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd from 4PM to 8PM. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Scituate. For online condolences, visit: www.richardson gaffeyfuneralhome.com. Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 781 545-0196

Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 22, 2013
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